2020 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay | MacRostie Winery
92
pts
Wine Spectator
90
pts
Wine Enthusiast

2020 Bacigalupi Vineyard

Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
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About this Wine

Long famous as one of the key growers for the Chardonnay that won the famed 1976 Judgment of Paris Tasting, the Bacigalupi family are winegrowing icons in the Russian River Valley. This Chardonnay comes from a property that neighbors our MacRostie Estate House on Westside Road — the acclaimed Bacigalupi Frost Ranch.

New Release

92 Points

“Succulent, plump and generous, with papaya, peach and citrus flavors that are accented with hints of marmalade, spice, dried citrus zest, honeycomb and orange blossom. Drink now.”
MaryAnn Worobiec
Wine Spectator, July 2022
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Tasting Notes

This Chardonnay has a brilliant medium yellow color, with enticing gardenia floral notes and slight herbal accents of lemon verbena and sage. The palate is crisp and salivating with expressions of lemon citrus that glide to a long, supple finish.

Accolades
  • 92 Points: MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator - July 2022
  • “Succulent, plump and generous, with papaya, peach and citrus flavors that are accented with hints of marmalade, spice, dried citrus zest, honeycomb and orange blossom. Drink now.”

  • 90 Points: Jim Gordon Wine Enthusiast - December 2022
  • “This solidly built, full-bodied and somewhat restrained wine blends mostly tangy citrus flavors with light butter accents for a fruity, straightforward style that’s moderate in flavors and nicely appetizing. Further aging may bring out more complexity. Best from 2025.”

Winemaking

n order to maximize quality, the harvested grapes went directly to press as whole clusters and were gently pressed. This provides a distinct mouthfeel texture. After settling, the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine spent its entire life in barrel, where it completed primary and secondary malolactic fermentations. It was aged on the lees for 13 months in 28% new French oak barrels, and 28% once-filled French oak barrels to complete elevage. In order to increase richness and body, it was occasionally stirred to suspend the lees and soften the texture. It was bottled on November 17, 2020.

Vintage

The season began with a warm winter, with no frost issues, and a mild spring that resulted in a nice, even fruit set. While the summer was quite warm, there were only a couple of short heat spikes, which ensured that the grapes were able to fully ripen while retaining the natural acidity we love. As a result, our Chardonnay crop w as balanced and healthy, yielding wines with vibrant flavors and excellent depth and energy. We harvested our Bacigalupi Chardonnay on August 20, 2020.

Vineyard

Long famous as one of the key growers for the Chardonnay that won the famed 1976 Judgment of Paris Tasting, the Bacigalupi family are winegrowing icons in the Russian River Valley. This Chardonnay comes from a property that neighbors our MacRostie Estate House on Westside Road—the acclaimed Bacigalupi Frost Ranch.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Chardonnay

  • alcohol: 14.3%
  • cases made:

    185 Cases

  • bottling date: 11/17/2020
  • aging:

    Aged 13 months sur lie in French oak, 28% new, 28% once-used.

  • fermentation:

    Whole cluster pressed then cold settled for 48 hours, then racked into French oak for primary and malolactic fermentation

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